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Windfarm plans cut down  

Credit:  Aug 22 2013 by Stuart Gillespie, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk ~~

Plans for a windfarm between Twynholm and Kirkcudbright have been scaled down.

Banks Renewables had originally wanted to build 10 turbines on the site at Knockendurrick.

But after a series of public meetings, they have cut that number to seven.

The firm’s development director, Colin Anderson, said: “The design of the site has changed quite a lot since the exhibitions we held in March. The most notable thing is that we are now considering a seven-turbine wind farm, with a capacity of 23.8MW and this has been as a direct result of comments received at the exhibitions, as well as all the technical and environmental factors that feed into the process.”

Banks are hopeful of submitting a planning application to the council next month. The updated plans will go on display in Twynholm Village Hall on August 27, Gatehouse of Fleet Community Centre on August 28, and Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall on August 29. All three events will run from 3pm until 7pm.

There will also be details about a community partnership scheme which would see communities share three per cent of the wind farm’s annual gross revenue for use by local groups. This could be worth £260,000 a year or £6.5million during the windfarm’s lifespan.

Mr Anderson said: “We want to create a wind farm that has the widest positive impact in terms of the community, environment and local economy and we believe with this Knockendurrick proposal that we can achieve that.

“We are looking forward to hearing more from the local communities in regards to the proposed community partnership approach, as well as highlighting some of the benefits it could potentially bring.”

Source:  Aug 22 2013 by Stuart Gillespie, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk

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